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Art & Life with Jasmine Davis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Davis.

Jasmine, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Originally I began with painting and music. Eventually, I picked up photography around the time I started high school. From there I went on to major in photography in college and reviewed a BFA. After college, I went on to create photographic works focusing heavily on portraiture and travel (landscape and architectural study). While I enjoy photographing most subjects, I would say that portraiture and travel works remain my most avid passions in the photography field.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Mostly I create portraits and environmental landscape images. I think the reason I really started photography was because I experienced a lot of loss and hardship over the years.

Photography, for me, was a way to capture a moment and keep it sort of “safe” forever. I think a lot of the portraits I take are a reflection of myself. When I look at the frame the moments I choose to capture are moments or feelings that resonate within me, I think that’s probably why a lot of my subjects aren’t smiling in the way you would find in a school portrait. As for landscapes, I think it stems from the same place. The need to preserve something or bring awareness has always been a drive for me as a photographer. I strive to make images that tell a story, beyond just freezing a moment in time.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the biggest challenge facing artists today is trying to gain the right exposure in the right places while trying to make memorable work. Not that it’s impossible. I think there are a lot of people with a lot of great ideas all striving for a similar goal and it can be hard to stand out when this is the case. With the photography field, especially in Los Angeles, you have a lot of really talented people all trying to stand out in a digital world that feeds new imagery 24/7.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can find my work on my website, I often post my work on my Instagram.

I think the best way to support my work would be that if you like it, share it. A big part of the success I think comes from the community. I’d like to work with as many members of the community as I can to help create something special whether it’s for their business and increasing online presence, or its portraiture for personal family and friends to enjoy.

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